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William Tennent musical director retires after 25 years of service


After nearly 25 years of commitment to enriching the lives of students through music and theater, Julie Flack, musical director at William Tennent High School, announces her retirement.

Flack will bid farewell with her final production of “Hello, Dolly!” scheduled for March 7 and 8 in the William Tennent High School Auditorium in Warminster.

Flack, who served as a vocal music teacher in the Centennial School District for almost 25 years, transitioned to William Tennent High School in 2012 to lead its musical productions. Even after retiring from her vocal director position in June of 2021, Flack continued to inspire and direct young talent at William Tennent.

Reflecting on her career, Flack shared, “What has always driven me to teach and direct is my love of music and my love for the students.” Her passion for the arts has left an indelible mark on countless students over the years.

“Hello, Dolly!” holds a special significance as Flack’s farewell production. She emphasized, “I believe that music and musicals give the students a much-needed space to use their creativity, their talent, and their love for theater; but most of all, it gives students a space to be with others who feel just as strongly as they do about the arts. On our stage, they become a family.”

Acknowledging the support of her team, Flack expressed gratitude for their dedication. Her team of Ajah Krzywonos, Terry and Laurie Gillman, and Charlie Kistner will also be retiring with her, along with Dr. Al Catarro and Lynne Catarro, retired members of the team. They have all contributed significantly to the success of William Tennent’s theater program.

Flack also highlighted the talented individuals joining her for the final production, including Gina LenoxDrobish as conductor, Keith Abrahamson as vocal director, and Nathan Ross designing the playbill.

“On behalf of the school board and administration, we want to thank Julie Flack for her many years of service to not only our students and staff but the community,” stated Superintendent Dr. Dana T. Bedden. “The arts play a crucial role in education by fostering creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence in students. Julie has definitely helped many of our students to develop in those areas.”

Performance times for “Hello, Dolly!” are 7 p.m. March 8 and 1 and 7 p.m. March 9.

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